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Wed April 18, 2012
Datebook: April 18 - 710 Titanic Survivors Arrive in NYC 100 Years Ago
The sinking of the Titanic was 100 years ago last Sunday,but what happened to the 710 survivors is quite interesting. Around 4 a.m. the RMS Carpathia arrived to the scene, responding to distress calls and picked up the survivors in the lifeboats. Due to severe weather conditions, Carpathia took 3 days to get to New York City. The passenger steamship was greeted by a crowd of 40,000 in heavy rain. Most of the survivors boarded trains to their destinations. The Carpathia was quickly restocked to resume its initial journey to Austria-Hungary. The crew was given a bonus of a month's wages by Cunard as a reward for their actions, and some of the survivors joined together an additional bonus. Captain Arthur Henry Rostron was knighted by King George V and President Taft awarded him a Congressional Gold Medal. In 1918, the Carpathia was sunk in the Atlantic, after being torpedoed by a German U-Boat.
It's Wednesday, April 18
The Murray State University Wind Ensemble will give their annual spring concert tomorrow evening in Lovett Auditorium. The Provost's Concert begins at 7:30. Student conductor Seth Peveler will be featured, as will a brass quintet. The program includes compositions by Bernstein, Jager, Hines, and Ticheli. Admission is free. For more information, call the Department of Music at 809-4288.
Fort Donelson hosts a Civil War Roundtable tomorrow night at 7 at the Cumberland Room of the Stewart County Visitor Center. Historian Bill Mulligan presents a program on Civil War letters. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call John or Nikki Walsh at 931-801-4530.
The Purchase Area Master Gardeners will hold a plant sale from 9 to noon on Saturday at the Paducah Demonstration Garden. The sale will include perennial and annual flowers, herbs, and vegetable plants.
Find community event details at wkms.org. Thanks for listening.